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Version 2. F1000Res. 2016 Sep 30 [revised 2017 Mar 9];5. pii: ELIXIR-2422. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.9656.2. eCollection 2016.

Identifying ELIXIR Core Data Resources.

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1
SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2
European Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Cambridge, UK.
3
ELIXIR, Cambridge, UK.
4
SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Geneva, Switzerland.
5
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

The core mission of ELIXIR is to build a stable and sustainable infrastructure for biological information across Europe. At the heart of this are the data resources, tools and services that ELIXIR offers to the life-sciences community, providing stable and sustainable access to biological data. ELIXIR aims to ensure that these resources are available long-term and that the life-cycles of these resources are managed such that they support the scientific needs of the life-sciences, including biological research. ELIXIR Core Data Resources are defined as a set of European data resources that are of fundamental importance to the wider life-science community and the long-term preservation of biological data. They are complete collections of generic value to life-science, are considered an authority in their field with respect to one or more characteristics, and show high levels of scientific quality and service. Thus, ELIXIR Core Data Resources are of wide applicability and usage. This paper describes the structures, governance and processes that support the identification and evaluation of ELIXIR Core Data Resources. It identifies key indicators which reflect the essence of the definition of an ELIXIR Core Data Resource and support the promotion of excellence in resource development and operation. It describes the specific indicators in more detail and explains their application within ELIXIR's sustainability strategy and science policy actions, and in capacity building, life-cycle management and technical actions. The identification process is currently being implemented and tested for the first time. The findings and outcome will be evaluated by the ELIXIR Scientific Advisory Board in March 2017. Establishing the portfolio of ELIXIR Core Data Resources and ELIXIR Services is a key priority for ELIXIR and publicly marks the transition towards a cohesive infrastructure.

KEYWORDS:

Bioinformatics; Capacity building; Data resources; ELIXIR; Indicators; Infrastructure; Life sciences; Sustainability

Conflict of interest statement

Competing interests: No competing interests were disclosed.

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